Rising star Go Another One puts his unbeaten record over fences on the line at Worcester on Sunday.
The John McConnell-trained seven-year-old won five times over hurdles last season, including a Grade Three triumph at Thurles and a Listed success at Perth.
Having rounded off his campaign by finishing fifth behind Minella Indo in Grade One company at the Punchestown Festival, the Stowaway gelding was an odds-on shot to make a winning debut over fences at Clonmel in early June – and did so in good style.
Favourite-backers had their fingers burnt after he finished only third on his Flat debut at Leopardstown in July, but plenty are likely to keep the faith as he teams up with four-times champion jockey Richard Johnson in the Signature Collection Novices’ Chase.
McConnell said: “He’s in great form. We’ve freshened him up since his last run and we’re very happy with him going over.
“We were quite happy with him in Leopardstown. He’s probably lost a bit of toe since his younger days, but more than that the two horses that beat him (Sneaky Getaway and Chosen Mate) are good horses.
“We weren’t too worried as it was about having a run to keep him ticking over, more than anything, and we’ve been happy since.”
Go Another One faces just four rivals in the two-mile-seven-furlong-furlong contest and must concede weight all round.
His biggest threat appears to be the Dan Skelton-trained Notnow Seamus, who is rated 7lb inferior and receives 6lb.
“You’d like to think he’ll be hard to beat,” McConnell added.
“On ratings and the weights of the race, there wouldn’t be much between our horse and Dan Skelton’s horse, but we wouldn’t swap him.”
Richard Mitchell’s Milberry, the Aytach Sadik-trained Sussex Road and Lady Markby from Emma Lavelle’s yard complete the line-up.